Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hillary News & Views 8.13: Nationalizing the Election in New Hampshire

Today's Hillary News & Views leads off with Clinton's use of Planned Parenthood defunding to nationalize the election by tying her position into those of state and local officials. WMUR reports:
Hillary Clinton on Monday took special aim at the “three men” on New Hampshire’s Executive Council who voted last week to defund Planned Parenthood in the Granite State.
“I want to add my voice to all those who have expressed outrage and disappointment at the decision,” the Democratic presidential candidate said in opening a news conference following her town hall meeting at Exeter High School.
“It’s appalling that three men in the chambers of the Executive Council would deny women across this state the health care they need and deserve,” she said. “It shows yet again why we need more leaders like Gov. (Maggie) Hassan and Sen. (Jeanne) Shaheen, who are willing to stand up for women, and just how out-of-touch and out of date Republican leaders are.”
Last Wednesday, Republican executive councilors Chris Sununu, Joseph Kenney and David Wheeler were the majority in a 3-2 council vote to reject contracts that would have provided $640,000 over two years to Planned Parenthood for cancer screenings, contraception and other non-abortion activities.
Some added significance to this move. Not only did she tie her position to the incumbent Democratic governor, she also put an early spotlight on Sununu, who is planning to run for governor himself. Clinton is continuing to build infrastructure for a national campaign in states that do not vote early in the primaries. WCSH reports that she's heading to Maine:
A Clinton campaign official said Wednesday that the former secretary of state and first lady will hold a grassroots organizing meeting in Portland on Friday, Sept. 18. Clinton is looking to continue building her network of volunteers and plans to urge supporters to get involved in the campaign. She's also expected to attend a fundraising event while in Maine. This will be her first campaign stop here since officially announcing her bid for the White House in April. She visited Scarborough last October to stump for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud.

NBC reports that she's also heading to Puerto Rico:
Clinton will use the Sept. 4 campaign stop to reiterate her support for allowing the U.S. commonwealth to restructure its $72 billion debt through Chapter 9 bankruptcy, said campaign spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa. Also she plans to "share her vision for an economy that helps everyday Puerto Ricans get ahead, and stay ahead," Hinojosa said...
Although they can't vote in the presidential election, many have family on the U.S. mainland who can and a number of people have left the island in recent years because of the economic crisis. Many of the relocated Puerto Ricans are in Florida, a battleground state.
Taking the presidential campaign to the island is not new, but "it's important for people to understand that Puerto Rican people on the mainland also are very concerned about what is happening on the island," Fantauzzi said. Many are thinking about "who is going to take care of my family? I'm going to look into that and I'm going to put that in the equation of who I'm going to vote for."
The Los Angeles Times reports on a powerful exchange between Clinton and a citizen who struggled with drug abuse:
On Aug. 28, 1990, Carl Babbitt, in the midst of a cocaine- and alcohol-fueled blackout, killed a man. Almost a quarter-century later to the day, he stood 50 feet from Hillary Rodham Clinton and revealed his past.
“You look at me as a regular person. But I served 11 years in prison," he began. Babbitt, 54, said he was thrown out of his home by his mother as a child and later sexually abused by a foster parent.
“I turned to drugs and alcohol to cover that pain,” he recalled. He would eventually seek treatment but was denied care because he lacked insurance, and six months later stabbed a man to death during a fight. He served 11 of the 15 to 18 years he was sentenced to for manslaughter and was released from prison in 2000.
“I’ve been out clean and sober for 15 years, and I cannot find a full-time job because every time they run a background check, ‘You’re a convicted felon,’” he told Clinton, adding that it is a roadblock that he and many others face. “What would you suggest we do?” he finally asked.
Clinton's response:
Clinton cited studies that found those who are educated while in prison had sharply reduced recidivism rates. She said that once people had “paid their debt to society” they should not only have voting rights restored, but be “given a chance to present yourself for jobs, for housing.”
“At the end of the day, people can make their own judgment. But you shouldn’t be automatically disqualified,” she said, referring to a campaign that seeks to remove questions about a criminal record in the early stage of a job application process.
WCVB has more on how Clinton is making substance abuse a national campaign issue:
Clinton said she first became aware of New Hampshire's heroin epidemic in Keene, and she wanted to return to the area to talk about it in-depth.
Clinton shared the stage with doctors, law enforcement officials and addiction treatment experts, engaging in a discussion about the drug problem.
"I think it’s pretty clear that we’ve got to refocus and learn from the experts, from people in recovery themselves what will work. And that's why I'm here,” Clinton said.
Clinton said there’s no “one-size-fits-all” solution. However, she said she wants to give a boost to what appear to be more effective peer-to-peer drug prevention efforts.
“It really comes down to ‘How do we train and equip and reimburse people who can be on the front lines and working with their peers?’” said Clinton.
T he candidate said she wants to raise awareness about the issue and elevate it to a national discussion. A major focus will be shifting to a focus on intervention and prevention and treating addiction as a disease rather than a moral failing.
Those experts told Clinton about the importance of an integrated approach to recovery, bringing in mental health services to treat the root cause of addiction.
Huffington Post reports on Clinton's popularity with black voters:
Black Americans view Hillary Clinton far more favorably than they do any other presidential contender, according to a Gallup survey released Monday.
Eighty percent of black adults have a favorable impression of the Democratic front-runner and former secretary of state.
Even when taking into account the percentage who view Clinton unfavorably, she still has a 68 percent net favorability rating among black Americans, a group that analysts at the Cook Political Report have called the "overlooked key to 2016."
Finally, Slate has a think piece up about how the GOP primary wars are making an already difficult general election potentially out of reach:
“They brag about slashing women’s health-care funding,” Clinton said of her GOP rivals. “They say they would force women who’ve been raped to carry their rapist’s child. You don’t hear any of them supporting raising the minimum wage, paid leave for new parents, access to quality child care, equal pay for women, or anything that will help to give women a chance to get ahead.”
This is the opportunity that The Donald offers Hillary—and the danger his surprising durability represents to the eventual Republican nominee. It’s easy for someone like Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, or Marco Rubio to play the role of grown-up alongside Trump’s petulant child on the debate stage. It’s quite another thing when Clinton can point out that several of their underlying policy positions are even more extreme than the tough-talking reality TV star’s. Hillary’s smart to recognize that, and to seize on it.
Republicans will need to find a way to limit Clinton’s obvious advantages with women in the general election—but that becomes an even more difficult task if she has already convinced voters that the eventual GOP nominee’s views are actually to the right of a man who calls women “slobs” and “disgusting animals.” If the belligerent billionaire represents the conservative fringe—and for many Americans, he does—then what does that say about those establishment candidates who are even further from the center than he is? That’s a question Hillary will be more than happy to pose (and answer) for voters.
For more on Hillary Clinton's campaign for the presidency, check out…  

The Hillary 2016 Platform Series

Part 1: Criminal Justice Reform  

Part 2: Immigration Reform  

Part 3: Voting Rights  

Unfiltered Hillary: The Transcripts

July 31, 2015: National Urban League

July 20, 2015: Facebook Q&A

July 17, 2015: Iowa State Democratic Party Hall of Fame Dinner

April 23, 2015: Women in the World Summit


  1. Jeb Bush told another lie about Iraq. He blames Clinton and Obama but not W.? Why isn't Hillary responding to this?

    1. Jeb is a loser. I think Hillary (and everybody else) is too busy laughing at the idea that she and Obama are responsible for Iraq instead of Jeb's brother.

    2. Why respond to that? It speaks for itself as a ridiculous statement. Just give him more rope.

  2. Very interesting article on Hillary's campaign and longer-term strategy. Thanks. I come here every day and read the articles fully, even if I don't always have time to comment.